So, they got up early and went to the beach. 5am. Brackley Beach. Prince Edward Island, Canada. Two sleepy teenagers and a mom.
Hear Debra's narration at its inception from her special kitcheny peace perspective, spoken expertly into her camera phone like an undercover agent for international peace . "This is our Peace Project for November 6th set up in the house. My teenagers and I are going to go to the beach .Wednesday morning ......5 o'clock in the morning before school and set up to take pictures before the sun comes up."
"I am positive the world could achieve peace if we found a way to love and take care of each other," writes Debra James Percival. "Not just the more fortunate taking care of the less fortunate. That’s great and good; I am talking about a deeper love and caring. I am talking about a love and caring that comes from the soul of all walks of life that can not be earned by giving cash out. Like helping someone less fortunate (bad health, loss of a loved one, lonely, etc…) in ways that money can not help, that is true love and caring, giving of self. A love that is given without resentment, a love that does not expect a pat on the back, you can be dirt poor and caringly help an elderly person across the street even if they do have an expensive coat on and you do not. Simple acts are honest to God Caring/Love! "
Anywhere in the world, it's the most peaceful hour of the day.
Then Mom made a framed and signed "thank you" photograph for her two partners in peace crime.
And yes, I cried when I read this the first time. And the second. Well, maybe the third too (OK OK I confess!) But the thought of a family I never met on a faraway island in another country going to this much trouble to Blog For Peace touched me to the core. I'll admit. I was a sappy sorry mess for a few glorious minutes.
And then the sun came up and I saw one more tether of hope stretched across my world....connected by those three little Latin words. It was all so clear.
And all was right with my world too.
Spelled out with copper plates.
With two VERY cool teenagers.
Debra James Percival lives in Canada and is a Printmaker Artist and a "non-toxic Printmaker Instructor". She is a graduate of the Nova Scotia Art and Design School. Her photography is stunning (see shadow shot) as is the work housed in this gallery.
Her mediums include: intaglio type, collagraph, monoprint, wood cut, polyester plate lithography, water based silkscreen, and copper and aluminum etchin.
I have no idea what most of that means. But I do know this.....
And say hi to Maida and Thomas.
*All artwork and photography in this post is copyrighted by Debra James Percival and may not be copied for any reason without permission from the artist.